July 6, 2020
Buzz of summer camps returns to UCalgary this week
Spoiler alert — spots still available in select camps
For those already working on campus, get ready to welcome the smiling faces of seasonal campers (and the parents, too, as they drop off their excited kids). Starting July 6, this happy bunch literally takes over the campus, mostly outdoors, but will have some access to many of the buildings.
"The university is leading the way in the 'new normal' and these programs will have a big impact for the community on the social, mental, and physical well-being of these kids," says Logan Jones, manager of youth programs in Active Living.
More than 10,000 students usually participate in summer camps each year, but this year, camps have been restructured to accommodate physical distancing protocols. This means fewer programs and participants, and an intricate parking/dropoff plan to keep campers, parents and staff safe. Camp groups will consist of no more than 10 people (including staff). All the buildings have been secured and only camp leaders have access until the staged campus re-opening starts mid-July.
“Kids are always excited to make new friends and try something new, but this is a particularly new experience because the smaller groups mean the kids have a lot more one-on-one time and attention,” says Jones.
Though spots fill up quickly, a few camps still have space available from kindergarten to senior high school students.
Visit Active Living at the University of Calgary to browse the available camp offerings or see the Summer camps FAQ for tips on how to register in a camp and learn about our health and safety measures.
UCalgary resources on COVID-19
For the most up-to-date information about the University of Calgary's response to the spread of COVID-19, visit the UCalgary COVID-19 Response website.